While the punk and emo scene may not be our bread and butter, the early rave scene in electronic music, notably on the west coast had strong ties to it. A lot of people grew out of that into electronic music and one of the places where people first went to shows was the Warped Tour. The long-running traveling festival has announced it is calling it quits after next summer in 2018.
"Today, with many mixed feelings, I am here to announce that next year will be the final, full cross-country run of the Vans Warped Tour," founder Kevin Lyman wrote on the fest's site Wednesday.
In a long note, Lyman looks back at what has been a long and impactful time at the helm of Warped Tour, helping to break countless bands and introducing so many kids to emo music all over the United States.
“I sit here reflecting on the tour’s incredible history, what the final run means for our community, and look forward to what’s to come as we commemorate the tour’s historic 25th anniversary in 2019,” he reflects.
He continues, ”With the support of so many people, I have now spent the last 23 summers bringing that show to a city near you. We have brought that show to over 11 million people around the world and watched that same world change while doing so.”
He goes on to list some of the bands like No Doubt, Sublime, Quicksand, L7, No Use for A Name who were on the first tour in 1993. Then other acts like Less Than Jake, Dropkick Murphy’s, The Bouncing Souls, Rancid, Flogging Molly, Anti-Flag, Blink-182, Sum 41, Simple Plan, MXPX, New Found Glory, Good Charlotte, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Avenged Sevenfold, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, The Starting Line and many more who all became stars on and after the tour.
Next year’s run of shows will begin on June 21st in Pomona, California and eventually end on August 5th in West Palm Beach, Florida. They will have a 25th year celebration in 2019. See dates here.